Deep Throne (San Diego, California — 300 fsw)

Deep Throne (San Diego, California — 300 fsw)

Introduction This story originates with the mysterious sinking of the nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Thresher (SSN-593) east of Cape Cod on April 10th, 1963 and ends with a deep dive on a piece of submarine safety history off the coast of San Diego, California with a detour to Morro Bay Maritime Museum in-between. It is [...]

B-36 Peacemaker (San Diego — 210 fsw & 255 fsw)

B-36 Peacemaker (San Diego — 210 fsw & 255 fsw)

The B-36 Peacemaker The B-36 "Peacemaker" is an enormous airplane that was designed and built by Convair. I've always thought it was an interesting moniker to be called the "Peacemaker" since it was built the be the first bomber capable of delivering any of the nuclear weapons in the massive US arsenal from inside the [...]

UB88 Full Photogrammetry Model (San Pedro — 190 fsw)

UB88 Full Photogrammetry Model (San Pedro — 190 fsw)

Background When I first started diving the UB88, I was also starting to investigate and learn photogrammetry. At the time (about a year ago), I thought "wow, building a model of the UB88 would be a cool project." I've been posting updates as I've been working on the project over the past year. Doing a [...]

UB88 Photogrammetry Project — Stern Take 2 (San Pedro — 190 fsw)

UB88 Photogrammetry Project — Stern Take 2 (San Pedro — 190 fsw)

Background More than any other photogrammetry project, getting a complete and good model of the stern section of the UB-88 has vexed me. It has been very frustrating and my first attempt failed. Below is a screenshot of the model I made in November 2020 that was only able to resolve the starboard side: Starboard [...]

PBM Mariner Photogrammetry Model (San Diego — 100+ fsw)

PBM Mariner Photogrammetry Model (San Diego — 100+ fsw)

Background Tyler and I first dove the PBM Mariner a couple weeks ago. During that dive, we had very limited visibility so taking pictures was challenging and I built a photogrammetry model based on those photos. It came out relatively well but was incomplete and I didn't get all of the pictures needed to "link [...]

WW II Airplane Junk Yard (Point Loma, CA — 200-240 fsw)

WW II Airplane Junk Yard (Point Loma, CA — 200-240 fsw)

Background During my ill-fated trip to Bikini Atoll, we ended up diving quite a few WW II airplanes that had been dumped near Kwajalein Atoll. Tyler and I had seen some ROV footage of something similar off Point Loma and we decided to charter the Marissa with Lora and Chris to investigate and perform a [...]